Mid­lands to trans­fer run­ning of strug­gling RDC schools to churches

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MID­LANDS Prov­ince has come up with guide­lines and rec­om­men­da­tions on how strug­gling ru­ral district coun­cils can hand over the run­ning of schools to in­ter­ested churches.

Ad­dress­ing of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion, ru­ral district coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers and chair­per­sons dur­ing the of­fi­cial adop­tion of the guide­lines and rec­om­men­da­tions in Gweru, the Act­ing Provin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor Rev­erend Te­dious Ma­tienga said in the last decade, sev­eral RDCs in the prov­ince have ex­pe­ri­enced chal­lenges in sup­port­ing ru­ral day schools.

He said the RDCs have been invit­ing in­ter­ested churches to run some of their schools, hence a proper hand-over-takeover mech­a­nism was re­quired.

“Although such school han­dovers were en­vi­sioned as an in­no­va­tive way to syn­er­gise pub­lic and pri­vate in­ter­ests, stake­hold­ers re­alised that the re­sults have not al­ways been as ex­pected. The guide­lines and rec­om­men­da­tions launched by the Mid­lands Prov­ince pro­vide Ru­ral District Coun­cils with a de­tailed roadmap on how to fa­cil­i­tate mu­tual agree­ments sup­ported by the af­fected schools and com­mu­ni­ties, as well as a com­pre­hen­sive frame­work to en­sure that school han­dovers ben­e­fit school de­vel­op­ment, up­hold the pro­vi­sion of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, and safe­guard the rights of chil­dren and teach­ers in terms of ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion and free­dom of con­science,” said Rev Ma­tienga.

He said the doc­u­ment was de­vel­oped by a provin­cial work­ing group in­volv­ing lo­cal author­i­ties from ru­ral dis­tricts, the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion, af­fected com­mu­nity mem­bers and teach­ers as well as other in­ter­ested stake­hold­ers from the Mid­lands Prov­ince.

“The process was sup­ported by the Cen­tre for Con­flict Man­age­ment and Trans­for­ma­tion. And we would like to en­cour­age the Mid­lands Prov­ince Ru­ral District Coun­cils to adopt the doc­u­ment. We hope that the ‘Guide­lines and Rec­om­men­da­tions’ launched by the Mid­lands Prov­ince will sup­port di­a­logue and pol­icy de­vel­op­ment at na­tional level to reg­u­late pub­lic-pri­vate co­op­er­a­tion in the field of ed­u­ca­tion and we would like to en­cour­age the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion to take the doc­u­ment into con­sid­er­a­tion,” he said.

“We also rec­om­mend to other prov­inces to con­sider the par­tic­i­pa­tory process that re­sulted in the de­vel­op­ment of the doc­u­ment as a model for col­lab­o­ra­tive prob­lem-solv­ing by lo­cal author­i­ties, com­mu­ni­ties and stake­hold­ers at provin­cial level to pro­mote na­tional de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ests in har­mony with the in­ter­ests and rights of the peo­ple of Zim­babwe. “

Mr Love­more Mafa from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Church Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­taries said the guide­lines and rec­om­men­da­tions were a wel­come de­vel­op­ment.

He said they will re­sult in the church ac­tively com­ple­ment­ing gov­ern­ment in im­prov­ing the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

“This is a good start­ing point for Mid­lands Prov­ince and other prov­inces will do the same. Cen­tre for Con­flict Man­age­ment and Trans­for­ma­tion has done a good job of see­ing this doc­u­ment com­ing to fruition for the bet­ter­ment of the school child. Our chil­dren stand to ben­e­fit when there is a good ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem be it from the church or gov­ern­ment. But gov­ern­ment must be com­ple­mented for the role it has been play­ing in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, “he said.

Mr Em­manuel Mpofu, a district ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer in the prov­ince said there were 132 satel­lite schools in the prov­ince which he said should ben­e­fit from the han­dover pro­gramme.

of mit­i­ga­tion. It is my con­sti­tu­tional right to re­main silent, I made an ap­pli­ca­tion that the mag­is­trate should re­cuse him­self but he re­fused to do so. l would rather re­main silent and not re­ply any ques­tion from the court.” Mr Ng­wenya re­manded the mat­ter to to­mor­row. “The mat­ter is to be re­manded to Fri­day in or­der to give Man­duna a chance to com­pose him­self and that we may pro­ceed with mit­i­ga­tion,” said the mag­is­trate.

Mr McLean Ndlovu for the State said some­time this year at around 12 noon, the po­lice re­ceived a tip off from the pub­lic that there were gro­ceries be­lieved to be stolen kept at Man­duna’s house.

“On the same day the po­lice went to Man­duna’s place of res­i­dence and found his wife. They in­tro­duced them­selves to her and asked to search the house. They broke a pad­lock to Man­duna’s bed­room be­cause he was not avail­able to give them keys to the room,” he said.

While tak­ing the wife to the sta­tion, they saw Man­duna near St Columba’s High School and he im­me­di­ately started run­ning away. The po­lice man­aged to ap­pre­hend him. — @gwiz­i_n

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